The Best Things to Do in L.A. This Week

Your best bets for March 12 to 16, 2018

There’s no excuse to be bored any night of the week when you live in L.A. Here’s our curated guide to some of the best of what’s going on around town.

Monday: Vince Staples at The Novo

Among the most charismatic personalities in music today (I mean, have you seen his Twitter?) Vince Staples is an artist not to be ignored. Based in Long Beach, he’s certainly a local treasure, but with the release of Big Fish Theory, hailed as an album of the year on many critics’ lists, he solidified his star status everywhere. Staples blends personal and political, playful and confrontational, to create a voice that is distinctly his own.

Tuesday: Snacky Tunes Live with Wexler’s Deli and NIIA


Podcasts, live music, and deli meats. What’s not to love? Snacky Tunes is the brainchild of Brooklyn-based twin brothers Darin and Greg Bresnitz, who have been inviting chefs and musicians onto their Heritage Radio podcast since 2009. For this live taping, they’ll chat on stage with neo-soul chanteuse NIIA and smoked-meat guru Micah Wexler. The night includes sampling some bites from Wexler’s Deli and DJ sets by Russell Alexander and Dave P x 2 (aka Dave Peterson and Dave Pianka of This Is Who We Are Now).

Wednesday: Union Field & Farm Dinner


To celebrate the restaurant’s fourth anniversary, chef Bruce Kalman will be assembling a dinner party with dishes that highlight all his favorite farmers and purveyors. You’ll find items on the menu from Hama Hama Oysters, Wiser Farms, Grist & Toll, and other local growers and artisans. The $175 fixed-price menu includes seven courses and wine pairings.

Thursday: Whiskey Fest


Dive into the world of whiskey at Los Angeles magazine’s annual Whiskey Fest. You’ll get to chat with the people who know the product best, from master distillers to expert mixologists, and taste a wide variety of spirits from around the world. In between sips, snack on some light bites, catch some live music, and explore the exhibits on view at Santa Monica’s Museum of Flying.

Friday: Healing Through Self-Portrait: A Frida-Inspired Painting Workshop


Frida Kahlo was her own muse, and you can follow her example. In this workshop, artist and instructor Darlene Valencia channels Frida’s spirit to help participants paint a self-portrait that does more than just document appearance, encouraging mindfulness and a reclamation of personal power.

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